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Good afternoon – I’ll have the blog for the next couple of hours, taking over from Joanna Walters.
To start with, briefly: according to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the US has now ticked past 7m. Here’s a link to their map, which shows 7,005,046 cases and 203,240 deaths.
A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if the planned campaign rally for Donald Trump goes ahead tonight.
Natasha Dwamena, a department of public health district director, said in a letter that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, scheduled for 9pm today, would be breaking governor Ralph Northam’s executive order banning gatherings of more than 250 people.